Putting Education Reform To The Test

Read Florida’s New Law Targeting Online Bullying

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A new Florida law targets bullying, particularly online.

Last week Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill targeting bullying, HB 609, into law.

The law makes three big changes: Students can be bullied publicly or privately; defines cyberbullying as harassment using electronic means, such as email or impersonating someone online; and allows schools to get involved if off-campus bullying affects the targeted student’s on-campus education.

The law does not require school districts to monitor off-campus activity. The law also requires schools to teach staff and students about how to identify bullying and what to do if they see it.

We’ve posted the new law and noted some of the key changes, after the jump.


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